Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment classes are available at Hooper Academy through partnerships with Wallace Community College Selma (WCCS) and Auburn University's Auburn First program.

The Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit for High School Students Program allows qualified students the opportunity to receive both high school credit and college credit. The program is restricted to qualified students in Alabama public and private high schools who have signed a working agreement with a partner college.

If you have any questions or would like to talk more about how to get your child involved in these amazing dual enrollment opportunities, feel free to email our dual enrollment coordinator Toni Kilpatrick at tkilpatrick@hooperacademy.org, and be sure to read the information on dual enrollment requirements and expectations below.


Important Information About Dual Enrollment

All students must meet the minimum GPA requirement to participate in dual enrollment. As required by statute, GPA’s will be verified every semester before a student is permitted to take classes in the dual enrollment program.

Students who take classes through the Dual Enrollment program are in actual college classes. They are not easier for Dual Enrollment students because the student is still in high school. The State of Alabama and the college’s accreditation agency require all students to be held to the same requirements. Dual Enrollment requires students to be self-motivated. College is a very different environment than high school. 

Students must:

  1. Realize that College instructors do not necessarily allow make-up work for assignments or tests missed. Missed work may mean a “0” for that assignment. Very few instructors provide opportunities for make-up work and if they do, it usually comes with a penalty (i.e. ½ credit for the assignment or test).
  2. Read your syllabus and follow the instructions. This is the document that contains information about what is expected in the class. Keep a copy in your binder so you can refer back to it when needed.
  3. Read the material assigned by the instructor.
  4. Make sure you have enough time to study. National statistics show that successful students study 2-3 hours per week for every one credit hour of the course. That means 4-6 hours of homework/reading/study time per week besides class time. Some classes may take more time and some may take less time.
  5. Complete your homework and turn it in ON TIME. Most college instructors do not accept late assignments.
  6. If you need help ask! All instructors have office hours and students can meet with the instructor during their office hours.

Dual enrollment courses are weighted the same as AP courses in the high school record. Any course taken becomes a permanent part of the student’s academic record. If a student does not successfully complete their course(s) it could affect future financial aid eligibility.

Dual enrollment students are held to the College’s academic calendar and deadlines. Any schedule changes must be made by College published deadlines.

Students who earn an “F” or “FN” grade in a class are no longer eligible for dual enrollment.

While appropriate for college-level study, course materials and class discussions may reflect topics not typically included in secondary courses which some parents may object to for minors. Courses will not be modified to accommodate variations in student age or maturity.



Wallace Community College Selma

Our WCCS students are currently enrolled in HIS101, HIS102 and MUS101 as an independent study course during a specified classroom period.

Hooper Academy Students Follow This Suggested Sequence Beginning Sophomore Year:

HIS 101 – History of Western Civilization 

HIS 102 – History of Western Civilization II

MUS 101- Music Appreciation

ENG 101 - English Composition I

ENG 102- English Composition II 

If all options have been exhausted an appropriate course will be selected with the student based on requirements for their major of choice in college. This is just a suggested sequence. The courses that are recommended will weigh heavily on the program students wish to pursue upon graduation. 

Students may take one class or possibly more with counselor approval. Each class is approximately $456 plus cost of books. If your child has a PACT, these can be used to cover the expenses for dual enrollment courses. You will need to contact the college directly to find out the process for using those funds. Employees of the Alabama Community College System should also inquire with their employer about the possibility of tuition waivers for dependent students. 

Classes are done completely online with no actual classroom instruction done at Hooper Academy. Mid-terms and Finals will be administered via the method of the instructor of the course. Students will know well in advance of testing dates via their Wallace instructor as well as the dual enrollment coordinator. 

Tuition must be paid by debit/credit card no later than the first day of class to Wallace Community College in Selma by logging into the students WCCS Student Account. No payments should be sent to Hooper Academy. If you have any questions concerning payment, you may call the school at 334-876-9227. 

You MUST have at least a 3.0 GPA to enroll in dual enrollment classes. Students must make a minimum score on the Accuplacer placement test; or make at least a 19 on the English and 20 on the Math portions of the ACT to be allowed to register for classes. Hooper Academy will provide transportation to the Selma campus in order for students to take the test if their ACT scores do not qualify. 

Students will be given a period dedicated to dual enrollment each day in the computer lab or library so they may have an opportunity to work on assignments during school hours but all due dates are ultimately the responsibility of the student. A working, reliable internet connection at home is required in order for students to be able to work on assignments at home. 

WCCS Dual Enrollment Forms:

Dual Enrollment Admissions Process Flyer.pdf

Dual Enrollment Eligibility Form



Auburn University's Auburn First Dual Enrollment Program

Hooper Academy has entered into an agreement with Auburn University's Auburn First dual enrollment program. Auburn First is a fairly new program through the college which can offer some advantages to students who are planning on attending Auburn after graduation. Alabama residents who earn at least 6 credit hours of approved coursework and maintain a 3.0 cumulative Auburn GPA by August 15 of their senior year qualify for automatic admission to Auburn University. This can be valuable for students who tend to excel academically but fall short of the ACT requirements for admission. If you do not plan to attend Auburn University, your dual enrolled credits remain on your transcript and may transfer to another institution. The memorandum of understanding that we have signed with the school will also give the students credit for a high school elective just as our current dual enrollment program does. Student dual enrollment courses are ranked on a 5.0 scale rather than the 4.0 scale for other high school courses which also boosts a students Hooper GPA.

In order to qualify for Auburn First, students need to be enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, have a 3.0 or better GPA and counselor approval to enter into the program.

The costs for the program include:
• $550 per course
• A $50 application fee is due at the time of application to Auburn First
• A $250 enrollment deposit is due upon acceptance. The deposit will be applied to your tuition.
• Students are responsible for the cost of course materials and proctoring services which vary by course.

Students who complete 12 credit hours of Auburn First courses by December 15 of their senior year of high school and maintain a 3.4 GPA will qualify for an Auburn First Cord of Distinction. An Auburn representative will attend your high school awards ceremony to present the “Cord of Distinction” to eligible students. This prestigious award will recognize students hard work during their time in high school and the Auburn First program.

The deadline for Spring Semester 2022 is October 15 and for Fall Semester 2022 is July 15. For more information, or to apply online, please visit http://auburn.edu/academic/provost/dualenrollment/

Auburn First Parent Information

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